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Luke 19:1-48

19  And he came into Jericho and was passing through. 2  And there was a man named Zaccheus—he was a head officer of the customhouse, and was rich— 3  who was trying to see Jesus and see what he was like, and could not in consequence of the crowd because he was a small-sized man; 4  and he ran ahead and got up into a sycamore tree to see him, because he was to pass that way. 5  And when Jesus came to the place he looked up and said to him “Zaccheus, come right down, for I must stay at your house tonight.” 6  And down he came and gladly took him in. 7  And at seeing it everybody went to talking and saying “He has gone in to lodge with a man of bad character.” 8  But Zaccheus stood and said to the Lord “Half my property, sir, I give to the poor, and whatever I have got out of anybody by blackmail I give back fourfold.” 9*  And Jesus said to him “Today salvation for this house has come, as he too is a son of Abraham. 10  For the Son of Man has come to look for what was lost and save it.” 11  And while they were listening to this he added a parable because he was near Jerusalem and they thought the Reign of God was to come out immediately; 12  he said “Once upon a time a man of high birth went to a distant country to get a kingship and to return; 13*  and he called ten servants of his and gave them ten minas of silver and said to them ‘Go into business till I come’; 14  but the citizens of his country hated him and sent after him an embassy with the message ‘We are not willing to have this man reign over us.’ 15  And when he had got the kingship and came back he gave the word to have those servants to whom he had given the money called, that he might know what each had made in his business. 16  And the first presented himself saying ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten minas more’; 17  and he said to him ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful about a trifle, have authority over ten cities.’ 18  And the second came saying ‘Your mina, sir, has made five minas’; 19  and to him also he said ‘You too be over five cities.’ 20  And another came saying ‘Sir, here is your mina, which I have been keeping laid up in a handkerchief; 21  for I was afraid of you because you are a stiff man, you take up what you did not put down and harvest what you did not sow.’ 22**  He said to him ‘I will judge you out of your own mouth, you villain; you knew I am a stiff man, taking up what I did not put down and harvesting what I did not sow, 23  and why did you not put my money in a bank? and when I came I should have collected it with interest.’ 24  And he said to those who were present ‘Take the mina away from him and give it to the one with the ten minas.’ 25  (And they said to him ‘Sir, he has ten minas.’) 26  ‘I tell you everyone who has shall have more given to him, but from him who has not there shall be taken away even what he has. 27  As for those enemies of mine, though, who did not want to have me reign over them, bring them here and kill them before me.’” 28  And, saying this, he went forward on his way up to Jerusalem. 29  And when he came near to Bethphage and Bethany at what is known as the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30  saying “Go to the village opposite, where as you are entering you will find a colt hitched, on which no man has ever yet sat; and untie it and bring it. 31  And if anybody asks you what you are untying it for, you are to say like this: ‘Because the Lord needs it.’” 32  And those who were sent went off, and found things as he had said to them; 33  and when they were untying the colt its owners said to them “Why are you untying the colt?” 34  but they said “Because the Lord needs it” 35  and brought it to Jesus, and they threw their cloaks over the colt and had Jesus mount it; 36  and as he went on they spread their cloaks underneath in the road. 37  And when he was nearing the descent of the Mount of Olives the entire body of disciples began to praise God loudly and joyously for all the miracles they had seen, 38  saying “Blessed is he who comes, the King, in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory on high!” 39  And some of the Pharisees said to him out of the crowd “Teacher, rebuke your disciples”; 40  and he answered “I tell you, if these are silent the stones will shout.” 41  And when he came near, at seeing the city he wept over it, 42  saying “If you too had known this day what were the conditions of peace! but now they have been hidden from your eyes— 43  because there will come upon you days that your enemies will throw up entrenchments against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side, 44  and they will dash you to the ground and your children in you, and not leave stone on stone in you, in return for your not knowing your time of visitation!” 45  And he went into the temple-precinct and began to turn out those who were selling, 46  saying to them “It is written ‘And my house shall be a house of prayer’; but you have been making it a robbers’ cave.” 47  And he taught in the temple-precinct day by day. But the chief priests and the scribes, as well as the leading laymen, were looking for a chance to make away with him, 48  and could not find anything to do, for the entire people was hanging on his words.


19:9 Or said of him
19:13 A mina was about $15
19:22 Or I judge you
19:22 Lit. villainous servant